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MH Visiting LGW  
User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 816 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5169 times:

Saw today that reps for MH were visiting LGW. Anyone know anything more about the visit, it is just a tour or is there genuine thought for a route to LGW, maybe pulling out of LHR?

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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8343 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5145 times:
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Quoting planesailing (Thread starter):
Saw today that reps for MH were visiting LGW. Anyone know anything more about the visit, it is just a tour or is there genuine thought for a route to LGW, maybe pulling out of LHR?

Maybe Malaysia is looking for more then their 2 daily flights to London. Doubtful they would sell their LHR slots now that they have A380's, LHR was the whole point of them getting A380's.


User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4442 times:

Hmm. MAS did of course serve LGW a couple of years ago for about 2 weeks just to block AirAsia from utilising the airport at the time. Presumably now that the somewhat dodgy AK-MH share swap has gone sour perhaps they're looking to do just that once again...

Suits me fine tho.. whalejet or not.. If it'll save me crawling on the M25 - i'd gladly take whatever flights/aircraft they send into LGW!


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 4379 times:

Quoting MAS777 (Reply 2):
MAS did of course serve LGW a couple of years ago for about 2 weeks just to block AirAsia from utilising the airport at the time

I don't think this happened, it was planned for a B772 but did not actually operate. Why on Earth would they leave LHR for LGW particularly with BA possibly going back on LHR-KUL and added to the fact they will be flying the A380 to London and Gatwick has no A380 stands at the piers?

That's the road to oblivion a la TWA, Pan Am, Malev.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11646 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 4284 times:

I can well believe it. But that doesn't mean a service is imminent, airlines often assess new destinations or alternatives.


Dan  



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User currently offlineheebeegb From Finland, joined Sep 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

MH will probably, as KE and CA are, looking to add an additional flight to London at LGW due slot constraints at LHR.

User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

After Air Asia X pulled out of their London flights, is there really that much demand for extra direct KUL flights from London? The price sensitive travellers will continue to change in the middle east, while the premium passengers will be on the A380 from LHR.


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User currently offlinekdhurst380 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 3801 times:

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 6):

After Air Asia X pulled out of their London flights, is there really that much demand for extra direct KUL flights from London? The price sensitive travellers will continue to change in the middle east, while the premium passengers will be on the A380 from LHR.

The low cost concept wasn't working on the route, they cited high costs ex UK/Europe which are major contributors as to why they couldn't remain competitive. For not much more passengers could fly full service.


User currently offlinefcogafa From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

Being in Oneworld, I would have thought that MAS would want to focus on LHR. They could get extra slots from their 'partners'

User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 3):

Hmm.. Not sure but thought 4 or so flights did eventually operate... I could be wrong however.

Ps. British Airways does of course offer a range of connections at LGW. I doubt these flights would be instead of LHR but in addition to LHR if they do ever materialise.


User currently offlinejet72uk From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

It's obvious the powers that be at LGW are courting the Asian carriers and in most cases succeeding. So wouldn't be at all surprised to see MH announcement in the near future.

User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2431 times:

Only because they can't get LHR slots! Now Malaysia used to have three flights daily into LHR so it will depend on whether the third slot pair can be returned or leased at LHR and whether they want to expand. Given they are putting the A380 into LHR, that's already a capacity jump in itself.
A lot of the times when people see airline reps at an airport, they are signing a contract to handle diversions.....


User currently offlinejet72uk From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

There is a very large Korean base in New Malden, so whether KE flies into LHR or LGW makes no difference in their eyes Skipness.

User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Possibly looking at LGW as a divert airport for the A380? Airlines do sometimes visit alternate airports, to assess them. If they park on a remote stand, they wouldn't need a pier A380 compatible.


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User currently offlinejet72uk From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

My last post was referring to KE not MH, and should be on the KE thread. Apologies

User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

Wouldn't it make sense for MH to move one of their two daily flights to LGW? Would help them lower their operating cost, would help them diversify from BA (if they are to enter the LHR-KUL market), selling their slot should be fairly lucrative and many Londoner's prefer LGW over LHR for practical reasons. LGW-KUL could cater to the lower yielding and local market, LHR-KUL to the premium and transit passengers.


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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

The only people who sell up at LHR and move to LGW are bankrupt and doomed airlines. Pan Am, Malev spring to mind.

Quoting jet72uk (Reply 12):
There is a very large Korean base in New Malden, so whether KE flies into LHR or LGW makes no difference in their eyes Skipness.

Well they'll be the first long haul legacy in history that didn't care, If that was really true Korean wouldn't have dropped LGW for LHR in the first place.


User currently offlinejet72uk From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

No that is wrong. Airlines are clearly opting for two london airports.

User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

By choice? Or by lack of LHR slots. I wager that Korean isn't at Gatwick for two years. Every US carrier who tried dual ops quit bar US Airways, one from four.

User currently offlinejet72uk From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

So where are all these LH carriers going to fly into then? Luton?

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